Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference

2014 Conference Program



August 14th, 2014


Opening Session:


8:00-8:30 Registration Embassy Suites Hotel, Room Big Spring Ballroom D


8:30-8:45 Welcome To GAREC-2014 (Greg Mossop G0DUB)


8:45-9:00 Welcome on behalf of the Huntsville Hamfest and/or ARRL Centennial Event (Greg Sarratt, W4OZK)


Regional reports:


9:00 -9:15 Region I   (Greg Mossop, G0DUB))


9:15 -9:30 Region II   (on behalf of Cιsar P. Santos, HR2P, speaker to be determined)


9:30 – 10:00 Break


10:00 – 10:15 Region III (Johnny Tan, 9M8DB on behalf of Jim Linton, VK3PC)


10:15 – 10:30 Discussion (Q and A session) on Regional activities facilitated by Greg Mossop G0DUB.


10:30 – 11:00 Discussion on GAREC Statement 2014 (Greg Mossop G0DUB)


11:00 – 12:30 Lunch


12:30 – 1:30 IARU Emergency message procedure (Greg Mossop G0DUB)


1:30 – 2:00 Desktop exercise (Greg Mossop G0DUB)


2:00 – 3:00 Report on Floods in Brazil, 2013 (Greg Mossop G0DUB)


3:00 – 3:45 Break


3:45 – 4:00 Short video from RAST on flood, the role of radio amateurs, the loss of HS0AC, and its Restoration (Greg Sarratt, W4OZK)


4:00  – 5:00 End of Day Discussion and Q and A session.


6 P.M. Dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House


August 15th, 2014


8:00 – 8:10 Welcome on behalf of the GAREC-2014 Organizing Committee (Greg Mossop G0DUB)


8:10 – 9:00 Emergency Communications as an element of promoting Amateur Radio among young people. ARRL-FEMA Memorandum of Understanding review and discussion. (Dan Henderson, N1ND)


9:00 – 9:45 The Salvation Army on its SATERN program and the progress it is making in using various forms of digital and other high-tech communications sources for emergency communications during disasters.  During that presentation, Bill will be talking about Salvation Army Digital nets, Territorial Satellite / Radio Communications Trailer and recently constructed WB5ALM remote control amateur radio station as well as a very brief overview of the SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) in general. (Bill Feist WB8BZH)  


9:45 – 10:00 Break


10:00 – 11:00 How the U.S. DoD is utilizing the MARS capabilities both in Domestic and Internal disasters. (John Holloway, Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) DOD-CIO POC Knowledge Management) 


11:00 – 12:30 Lunch


12:30 – 2:00 Photographic tour of the Huntsville-Madison County 9-1-1 center from Combined Countywide 9-1-1 Centre to State-wide Interoperable P-25 Radio System.

(Ernie Blair WA4BPS, Chief Executive Officer Director, Radio Infrastructure Madison County Communications District, Huntsville-Madison County 9-1-1 System.)

2:00 – 2:30 Report on the Fukushima Disaster by Ken Nollet, K0EN, JO7XVL (speaker to be confirmed)


2:30 – 3:00 Report on Typhoon Haiyan (Johnny Tan, 9M8DB)


3:00 – 3:15 Break


3:15 – 4:00 Discussion / Brainstorming on new ideas (some inputs presently being collected and to be submitted as an input-paper by F5VKP / F/HB9AQS; Greg Mossop G0DUB)


Closing session:


4:00 – 5:00

Adoption of the GAREC-2014 Statement (Greg Mossop G0DUB)


"Presentation on venue for GAREC-2015 (the 10th anniversary of GAREC) which is Tampere, Finland by Jyri Putkonen, OH7JP. Reminder of the constitution of the organizing committee for GAREC-2015 (Greg Mossop, G0DUB)"


Official Closing Remarks (Greg Mossop G0DUB)